RECOMMENDATION My top 3 places for family Picnics in Gloucestershire

By Maria Butler – 30th July 2020

We love to pack a picnic before setting off on an adventure. With so many lovely locations to pick from we never tire of the view while munching our way through our large freezer bag of goodies!

Today I have chosen 3 of my favourite family picnic spots to share with you and I hope you’ll like them as much as we do.

Pittville Park, Cheltenham

With its Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Accreditation, you can be sure that Pittville Park is a well looked after park and it’s easy to see why it is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

A firm family favourite for a picnic with a view of the lake and then a stroll around to feed the ducks and play pooh sticks on the bridges. Don’t forget to allow plenty of time for the playground…and good luck persuading the kids to leave when it’s time to go! Maybe the promise of a delicious cake from the Heritage Cafe Bar will get them off the swings?

There are toilet facilities alongside the playground. A free car park is situated at Pittville Pump Room, or free on-street parking along Evesham Road or Pittville Lawn.


Crickley Hill, Birdlip 

Jointly owned by the National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Crickley Hill provides a gorgeous picnic spot. Overlooking the Severn Vale, with stunning views towards Robinswood and May Hill, and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain beyond.

After your picnic pop and check out the wooded area, let the children explore and find the dens and sculptures made by local forest school groups for all to enjoy. There’s also a nice flat grassy area which is great for bike riding or kite flying.

There are toilets and a café by the car park, please note parking charges are in place – charges are currently from £1 for an hour to a maximum of £3 all day.


Wenchford, Blakeney

This is our go-to spot on a really hot day as Wenchford includes Blackpool Brook which you can paddle in, and most of the site is shaded by large oak trees.

Bbq’s are permitted so why not pack your favourite bbq food and cook up a real feast to enjoy.

Please make note that the café and toilets are generally only open April-October. Parking charges also apply during this period, starting at £2 for two hours, up to £5 for all day. At the time of writing this post, the toilets are open but the café remains closed due to Covid-19.


Hope to bump into you at a favourite picnic spot soon!

Maria x


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venues had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!


Maria Butler Gloucestershire
Share it on your own social media channels or with friends


Become a Girl About Travel Club member and benefit from our travel concierge service, itineraries, rewards, offers, discounts, resources, retreats and more!

Featured Articles & Sponsored Posts